Nia Griffith MP is meeting the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Christopher Salmon, next Monday to raise constituent concerns over the proposed closure of Llwynhendy Police Station.
This closure is one of many suggestions by the Dyfed-Powys force to ‘shake-up’ the system, which could see up to eleven police stations relocated, mergers and further closures. Currently, plans would see the complete closure of Llwynhendy’s station, and Llwynhendy’s officers moving to Llanelli.
Nia says ‘Whilst everyone understands the need for some cutbacks, we have already seen Felinfoel police station close, so I am very anxious that we should keep a strong police presence within Llanelli and the surrounding area. Following the previous closure of Felinfoel, Llwynhendy is a particularly well-used station, currently covering Bynea, Dafen, Swiss Valley, Llangennech and Llwynhendy itself. The centralisation of Llanelli’s police force within the town centre takes away that vital centre in Llwynhendy where the PCSOs work from and residents see a high police presence. My constituents are rightfully concerned about the impact the plans would have on their local communities. This is definitely one cutback too far, and I will be meeting with Christopher Salmon to discuss these plans and highlight the concerns of local residents.”